Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Lawsuit for ”treason” against MP’s who voted  the Memorandum, reaches the Greek Parliament

A lawsuit of a doctor from Evia, Dimitri Antoniou, against the MPs who voted the Memorandum is about to be discussed in the Greek parliament.

The case has reached the Greek Supreme Court and was referred to the Parliament, which is empowered to judge on matters relating to its members. Some of the politicians listed in the pages of the lawsuit have served as ministers. In this case there is a special law for the “liability” of ministers.

Mr. Anthoniou says he knows that he will not find 30 MPs to sign up for the prosecution of the parliament members but he believes that “this is irrelevant because the prosecution right is transferred to the next Parliaments” as this type of crime can not be barred.

In addition, Mr. Antoniou says that the complaint was forwarded to the parliament after passing rigorous prosecution of three filters, which rejected the initial proposal of the prosecutor for archiving the case.

The announcement is  located on page 42 of the Minutes of the plenary discussion and you can watch it at the video:

 

 

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Teenage riots: ATHENS – Documentary Video

An extremely interesting documentary from VICE network about the recent riots last month in Athens: On the eve of the biggest Greek strike since the right-wing junta was overthrown almost three decades ago, VICE travels to Athens to meet up with the people behind it. Students, anarchists, trade unionists, and communists discuss about the current government and why it must burn.

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“Iran cannot be scared out of having nukes – ex IAEA chief Hans Blix”

 

Nothing can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but the country does not have them yet, and has probably stopped trying to make them. That’s according to Hans Blix, former Chief of International Atomic Energy Agency, who headed the organization from 1981 to 1997. Blix also argued, threats by hawks in Israel and the US will not succeed in scaring the Iranians from their present course.

 

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Protests against Th. Pakgalos at a conference in Berlin

Press Release – Berlin, December 16th, 2011

Today, the deputy prime-minister of the PASOK-ND-LAOS “government”, Theodoros Pangalos, visited Berlin in order to take part in a conference on cultural diplomacy. We, members of Real Democracy Now, a group of students and workers, were also there and intervened by holding a short speech and a placard. We highlighted the reality of crisis, unemployment, massive cutbacks, layoffs and poverty. We also expressed our solidarity with the strike of the Greek steel industry workers, a struggle which sets an example and gives courage to all of us.

Even though they repeatedly defame any opposition as “expressing a meager minority”, the members of this government of bankers and speculators are not welcome, neither in Berlin, nor anywhere else.

We are going to continue pursuing our goal for a common, international struggle. Victory to the Greek steel industry workers!

(transcript of speech follows)

Right now Greece is ruled by a government whose deputy prime-minister, Mr. Pangalos, is here. A government in which right-wing extremists participate. A government which enforces policies that abolish workers’ and human rights, forces schools and hospitals to shut down, leads 20% of the population to extreme poverty and unemployment, ignores people’s will as expressed by numerous demonstrations in which hundreds of thousands of people participate, sells all kinds of public property, tolerates and encourages police violence.

I, as well as other people in the audience, have been forced to leave our country in search for work. We consider mr. Pangalos and his government as illegitimate to either govern or represent Greek people in or outside of Greece.

We express our full support to another kind of policy. To the struggling population of Greece, both Greeks and immigrants, especially to all workers who have not been paid for months. We express our solidarity with the 400 steel industry workers who are on strike for 47 days. Their fight for dignity represents the fight of every person in and outside of Greece and its victorious outcome shall be the turning point for the overthrow of the imposed tyranny in Greece and the rest of the EU.

Victory to the steel industry workers!  

Real Democracy Now
Berlin/GR

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Greek debt crisis – On the Edge with Max Keiser

In this edition of On the Edge, Max Keiser interviews Yanis Varoufakis from YanisVaroufakis.eu
He talks about the new Greek bailout package planned for September and on the Eurozone crisis

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A deeper crisis is coming, we must control the banks

John Weeks: Obama gave the banks time to rally opposition to severe regulations; another banking collapse is on the way

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Bankers have seized Europe: Goldman Sachs Has Taken Over
by Paul Craig Roberts

On November 25, two days after a failed German government bond auction in which Germany was unable to sell 35% of its offerings of 10-year bonds, the German finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble said that Germany might retreat from its demands that the private banks that hold the troubled sovereign debt from Greece, Italy, and Spain must accept part of the cost of their bailout by writing off some of the debt. The private banks want to avoid any losses either by forcing the Greek, Italian, and Spanish governments to make good on the bonds by imposing extreme austerity on their citizens, or by having the European Central Bank print euros with which to buy the sovereign debt from the private banks. Printing money to make good on debt is contrary to the ECB’s charter and especially frightens Germans, because of the Weimar experience with hyperinflation. 

Obviously, the German government got the message from the orchestrated failed bond auction. As I wrote at the time, there is no reason for Germany, with its relatively low debt to GDP ratio compared to the troubled countries, not to be able to sell its bonds.
If Germany’s creditworthiness is in doubt, how can Germany be expected to bail out other countries?  Evidence that Germany’s failed bond auction was orchestrated is provided by troubled Italy’s successful bond auction two days later. Strange, isn’t it. Italy, the largest EU country that requires a bailout of its debt, can still sell its bonds, but Germany, which requires no bailout and which is expected to bear a disproportionate cost of Italy’s, Greece’s and Spain’s bailout, could not sell its bonds.
In my opinion, the failed German bond auction was orchestrated by the US Treasury, by the European Central Bank and EU authorities, and by the private banks that own the troubled sovereign debt. My opinion is based on the following facts. Goldman Sachs and US banks have guaranteed perhaps one trillion dollars or more of European sovereign debt by selling swaps or insurance against which they have not reserved. The fees the US banks received for guaranteeing the values of European sovereign debt instruments simply went into profits and executive bonuses. This, of course, is what ruined the American insurance giant, AIG, leading to the TARP bailout at US taxpayer expense and Goldman Sachs’ enormous profits.
If any of the European sovereign debt fails, US financial institutions that issued swaps or unfunded guarantees against the debt are on the hook for large sums that they do not have. The reputation of the US financial system probably could not survive its default on the swaps it has issued. Therefore, the failure of European sovereign debt would renew the financial crisis in the US, requiring a new round of bailouts and/or a new round of Federal Reserve “quantitative easing,” that is, the printing of money in order to make good on irresponsible financial instruments, the issue of which enriched a tiny number of executives.
Certainly, President Obama does not want to go into an election year facing this prospect of high profile US financial failure.  So, without any doubt, the US Treasury wants Germany out of the way of a European bailout. The private French, German, and Dutch banks, which appear to hold most of the troubled sovereign debt, don’t want any losses. Either their balance sheets, already ruined by Wall Street’s fraudulent derivatives, cannot stand further losses or they fear the drop in their share prices from lowered earnings due to write-downs of bad sovereign debts.  In other words, for these banks big money is involved, which provides an enormous incentive to get the German government out of the way of their profit statements.
The European Central Bank does not like being a lesser entity than the US Federal Reserve and the UK’s Bank of England. The ECB wants the power to be able to undertake “quantitative easing” on its own. The ECB is frustrated by the restrictions put on its powers by the conditions that Germany required in order to give up its own currency and the German central bank’s control over the country’s money supply. The EU authorities want more “unity,” by which is meant less sovereignty of the member countries of the EU. Germany, being the most powerful member of the EU, is in the way of the power that the EU authorities desire to wield. 
Thus, the Germans bond auction failure, an orchestrated event to punish Germany and to warn the German government not to obstruct “unity” or loss of individual country sovereignty.
Germany, which has been browbeat since its defeat in World War II, has been made constitutionally incapable of strong leadership. Any sign of German leadership is quickly quelled by dredging up remembrances of the Third Reich. As a consequence, Germany has been pushed into an European Union that intends to destroy the political sovereignty of the member governments, just as Abe Lincoln destroyed the sovereignty of the American states.
Who will rule the New Europe?  Obviously, the private European banks and Goldman Sachs. 
The new president of the European Central Bank is Mario Draghi. This person was Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs International and a member of Goldman Sachs’ Management Committee. Draghi was also Italian Executive Director of the World Bank, Governor of the Bank of Italy, a member of the governing council of the European Central Bank, a member of the board of directors of the Bank for International Settlements, and a member of the boards of governors of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Asian Development Bank, and Chairman of the Financial Stability Board. Obviously, Draghi is going to protect the power of bankers.
Italy’s new prime minister, who was appointed not elected, was a member of Goldman Sachs Board of International Advisers. Mario Monti was appointed to the European Commission, one of the governing organizations of the EU. Monti is European Chairman of the Trilateral Commission, a US organization that advances American hegemony over the world. Monti is a member of the Bilderberg group and a founding member of the Spinelli group, an organization created in September 2010 to facilitate integration within the EU.
Just as an unelected banker was installed as prime minister of Italy, an unelected banker was installed as prime minister of Greece. Obviously, they are intended to produce the bankers’ solution to the sovereign debt crisis.
Greece’s new appointed prime minister, Lucas Papademos, was Governor of the Bank of Greece. From 2002-2010. He was Vice President of the European Central Bank. He, also, is a member of America’s Trilateral Commission. 
 
Jacques Delors, a founder of the European Union, promised the British Trade Union Congress in 1988 that the European Commission would require governments to introduce pro-labor legislation. Instead, we find the banker-controlled European Commission demanding that European labor bail out the private banks by accepting lower pay, fewer social services, and a later retirement. 
The European Union, just like everything else, is merely another scheme to concentrate wealth in a few hands at the expense of European citizens, who are destined, like Americans, to be the serfs of the 21st century. 
Global Research Articles by Paul Craig Roberts

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The Road to Political Dictatorship

John Weeks: The economic power of Wall St., if not restrained, will lead to political dictatorship

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EU Slavery: Media hiding truth about debt crisis

RT’s Sara Firth talks to Aris Hatzistefanou, author of the documentary “Debtocracy”, who casts doubt on the course EU leaders have chosen, to tackle the debt crisis.

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The whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has begun releasing sensational information on the multi billion dollar global spying industry. The database contains hundreds of documents shining a light on the methods being used by secret services all over the world. Here’s the video of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaking to journalists and students at a press conference at City University London in central London on December 1, 2011. Along with a number of other guest speakers, Mr Assange spoke of the Wikileaks ongoing investigation of surveillance software companies and their alleged use by governments around the world.


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